Category Archives: Shared Space

Shared space and driver behaviour

One of the more interesting claims made for ‘shared space’ road designs is that they will serve to improve driver behaviour, by making those sitting behind the wheels of motor cars think for themselves, and to respond to stimuli, rather … Continue reading

Posted in Shared Space, Subjective safety | 28 Comments

‘No surrender’ – the damaging, enduring legacy of the 1930s in British cycle campaigning

The notion of providing a separate, dedicated space for people on bikes, away from motor vehicles, continues to be met with opposition of a particular form. I am not talking here about pragmatic opposition; the kind of opposition which tends … Continue reading

Posted in CTC, Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cyclists' Touring Club, Go Dutch, Hierarchy of Provision, History, Infrastructure, LCC, Road safety, Safety In Numbers, Shared Space, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 88 Comments

Lessons from Exhibition Road

This post has been mouldering in my drafts folder for several months as I pondered the relevance of banging on about Exhibition Road, and shared space, once again, but it’s probably worth releasing, even if much of what I say … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Go Dutch, Guardrail, Infrastructure, London, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Simon Jenkins, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, Transport for London | 24 Comments

A challenge to pedestrianisation

Long-time readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar with the story of East Street in Horsham. This is a narrow town centre street that used to be a one-way road, with narrow pavements and plenty of on-street parking, … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Horsham District Council, Parking, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, West Sussex County Council | 6 Comments

The civilising of Horsham town centre

Only two years ago, East Street in Horsham looked like this. A narrow street, with large numbers of shops and restaurants, but designed principally around the motor vehicle. Despite the large numbers of pedestrians using the street, the pavements were … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Horsham District Council, One-way streets, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, Town planning, West Sussex County Council | 5 Comments

Love London, Go Dutch – Cycle tracks and civility

This is the third in a series of posts on LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign – the first two are here and here A surprisingly common response to the idea of creating Dutch-style cycle tracks on some of London’s roads … Continue reading

Posted in Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 20 Comments

Right and wrong ways to keep our streets lively

My local paper, the West Sussex County Times, have reported an apparent proposal to reintroduce motor traffic to a pedestrianised street in Horsham – West Street. They write – Could traffic be brought back into pedestrianised West Street? Should traffic … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Parking, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, Town planning | 6 Comments

East Street, Horsham – A ‘shared space’ becomes closed to motor vehicles

I have written, on a number of previous occasions, about East Street in Horsham. This busy, narrow street in the centre of the town was converted into a ‘shared space’ scheme over the course of 2010. Much of the background … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Shared Space, Street closures, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

London’s cycle infrastructure, and reallocation of road space

This post is somewhat tangential to the big news today, of the Times’ launch of their Cities fit for cycling campaign, which I wholeheartedly support. I can think of no clearer reason for doing so than the words of Kaya Burgess, … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Cycling policy, Infrastructure, London, Road safety, Shared Space, Smoothing traffic flow, Transport for London | 8 Comments